Kids are coming to HPNC from 49 different zip codes!

HPNC is now serving more than 700 children and families each year.  Children who come to HPNC come from 32 different schools, 49 zip codes, and 46 community areas throughout the city of Chicago!

People often ask how we are able to pull from such a broad catchment area. Three important explanations are:

1) Our bus!  The HPNC bus picks children up from multiple local schools for our afterschool program. Because Hyde Park is home to both neighborhood Schools and magnet and private schools that draw from throughout the city, by picking kids up from each of those schools HPNC is able to build a community of kids from all over the south side and beyond.

2) Our No-School Vacation Day programming. HPNC is a great choice for families seeking a safe and fun place for their kids when CPS or Lab School are not in session. Even in a snowstorm some parents have to get to work and, for those who travel from other parts of the city to work in Hyde Park, HPNC is a convenient choice regardless of distance. Kids from as far north as O’Hare and from as far south as Roseland commute in with their parents and get dropped off for a fun day of activity at HPNC while their parents are hard at work. We love to meet kids from all over the city and they have fun meeting one another too!

3. Athletics! The HPNC Tumbling & Acrobatics Program is filling what was previously a significant void on Chicago’s South Side. Basketball for boys and girls from 5-teen is also going strong. Kids come to HPNC from across the South Side for these activities.

We are excited about the success of our athletics  programs and we thank parents, staff, and coaches for their help to make it all happen. Private donors who contribute to our scholarship fund are especially appreciated – you help ensure that all kids, regardless of ability to pay – are able to engage in high quality recreational athletics.